C-w to delete word backward in Conkeror

by Ruslan Spivak on September 22, 2010

Long time ago after reading Steve Yegge’s post on Effective Emacs I rebound C-w to ‘backward-kill-word and since then I’ve had the same key binding for both Emacs and BASH.

Now that Conkeror is my default browser it makes sense to have C-w to work the same way as in Emacs and BASH.

This is a snippet that I’ve added to my¬† ~/.conkerorrc

define_key(text_keymap, 'C-w', 'cmd_deleteWordBackward');

Now I have a uniform key binding across my tools.

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Kyle Sherman September 29, 2010 at 3:30 PM

In order to have the best-of-both-worlds, I created the following function that I call with C-w:

(defun kill-region-or-word ()
“Call `kill-region’ or `backward-kill-word’ depending on whether or not a region is selected.”
(if (and transient-mark-mode mark-active)
(kill-region (point) (mark))
(backward-kill-word 1)))

(global-set-key “C-w” ‘kill-region-or-word)


Ruslan Spivak September 30, 2010 at 10:06 AM

Hi Kyle,

That’s really neat. Thanks for sharing the snippet.
I might use it one day if I’m tired of my C-x C-k to kill a region :)


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